Hello everyone... Lets do a best of the season pics forum. I will start it off with a corner that I just let be and it is in all its glory now I call it Gods garden. Then I will show you my best coleus on the deck for the year. ok. I only worked on the deck this year. Everything else pretty much fended for itself...shirleyt edited to tell you that I could only work on the deck because I am caring for my DH and cannot get out of hearing of him.
Great pics I just love the different colored coleus. trinawitch I am planning to let mine bloom from now until they are completely finished. I always get new plants from the school nursery each year, so I thought I would see what they look like blooming from this time on. We do not have much longer. It is sweatshirt weather this morning. It goes from extremely hot to very cold overnight here. Yes just long enough to kill everything and then we have spurts of warm , hot and extremely cold until late March. It is really weird. I will soon change the deck plants for winter.shirleyt
We should be fine for another month but we are getting wind tomorrow. Here in the desert they call it wind, it Florida they call them hurricanes. I have two I want to turn into a standard so I had better get up early tomorrow and get those two in the garage before the wind breaks them.
trinawitch, I have no idea. I was there for 2 weeks and have another book of flowers and trees. It just needs to get cold here which will be around Christmas. Then I can look up everything I have photos of and catalog. Just for my own pleasure. The kids and grandchildren were with us so maybe I will make them a calendar for 2010. Another spectacular variegated plant with no flowers. Again at the Four Seasons.
I would have plants or at least many cuttings but you cannot bring back anything to the main land unless it is frozen. Pineapples are OK because this bug does not get in the Pineapple. But the fresh Mangos are to die for but this little bug gets under their skin and you cannot see it. Of course, I ate them and so far do not have any strange bugs.
This bug they have that they got from Thailand that would infest all our crops in the US. I would never risk that but they check you at three different stations to make sure you are not stupid. This is a northern cardinal, George, that visits us every morning on the veranda. He loves Cheerios.
Onewish1, that is spectacular. You have painted a masterpiece. I have never heard of phillipine violet. Does it spread and how tall does it get? I will have to put that on my wish list. I have Australian Violet. A great ground cover for the desert heat and spreads by runner and seed but is not invasive unless you are in Australia. Only about 4 inches tall. There they call it a weed. Here is a picture of the Australian Violet. The pink flower is a bulb. Bell flower. Bought three bulbs years ago for $6.00 per bulb. The reason for the high cost is now from those three bulbs I have hundreds, my friends have hundreds and they are multiplying as we speak. When I moved here 8 years brought a few with us and again I have hundreds. They love the heat and bloom all summer. Have a great day.
The Phillipine violet gets to be about 4' tall, colors are blue & white or that is all I have seen. It scatters its seed & comes up everywhere but I don't mind. I just pull them up where I don't want them. I have never collected seed but could try if interested. It really is a pretty plant!
We had a wind and rain storm last night that just ruined one of my biggest coleus. sadness. This is the best rose of the year, it has bloomed flush after flush since spring. I do not know its name. We are going to leave it on the deck for now. I would like to know what plants are your favorites to mix along with our bright coleus. shirleyt
The mandevilla across the end has been blooming since spring also. Blue birds nested in the bird house close by and flew happily away. It was such a pleasure to see them come and go and do their thing.
This one survived most of the other one is history. As you can see they set together. The other plants were fine. I think it is amazing how something can be destroyed and something else next to it not damaged at all. The umberella for the table blew off too,
As far as I know that is Alabama Sunset. It gets deep color when if full sun; Less color if in shade or partial sun. It is a favorite of mine. I will send it to the school nursery when it gets cooler here and the students will make lots of cuttings for their Spring sale. They have a great new green house. Do you want me to send you some cuttings in the Spring. I will restock from the school. I just cannot seem to save any through the winter. I am going to try again this year . I will put some heat in the green house. I lost all the real tender stuff last freeze 24 Everything was fine until then. I did save the mandivilla . I was inspired when you said they could be saved. It died back to the root system and put out in the spring. Nice surprise for me.
Thanks. I was thinking of it yesterday but as usual the thought vacated my mind when I went outside (shorts and tee shirt = very cold!) and came back in shortly. Today it's raining. Do they have the exact same coloring at this point, Allison, or would they be lighter or darker - just so I know what to look for when I check.
Beautiful goldfinch4. I want this to be a thread to show what you did this season that you loved. Then we can get ideas for our next season. I thought we might want to incorporate the best of the best in our plans for next season. We all love coleus but what do they go best with????? ok If I am out of line on the coleus forum please forgive an old woman. I like my eye to go all over the garden and see pops of bright coleus in each area. I just wanted to see how every one else does it. You can post anything that s on your mind here as far as I am concerened. I am interested in what you are interested in. lol love to all shirley t
My gardens are slowly going,Dahlias dug to make way for lily bulbs and Hosta transplanted to no mans land to make way for Tulips
Echis trimmed as well as Agastaches so I can plant Lilies
Daylilies trimmed just because
Its looking pretty sad out there
thank you Goldfinch... I like those sideways planted baskets now.. (last year I did not)... makes it look so much fuller.. but the main stem on them was a sturdy one.. guess it would get woody quick for those who keep them out all year
they did grow really quick JoAnn... those in the photo came toward the end of March from NC farms... and they were only an inch tall... I actually didn't have high hopes for them... that post normally just gets beat up by the birds and squirrels going to the bird feeders... and since I had so many of them I loaded those two baskets ... that I didn't like in the past with them.. who knew they would fill out that nicely... a couple of them look like tiny shrubs ... the stems are huge
Randy actually asked me to plant them the same next year... nuff said
Wow Allison. I might have to start some from seeds as my trailing ones arent going to make it.
Just Psycoleus and Trailing Queen have survived.
Trailing red is trying but Chocolate is done for
Where did you get coleus seeds?
from Cathy = Svplantingfool... she sent out coleus hybrid seeds to anyone who wanted them last year.. I planted them heavy because with seedlings I do believe the strong will survive ... remind me next year to take more cuttings of the trailers for you... I usually have a nice supply
Now "That's what I'm talking about" Lots of beautiful combos and ideas. I have a woodpile, never even gave it a thought to do that. I have a light pole in the center of what should be a good planting zone, I now want to put a post with trailing coleus there. Yeah. pirl we should not forget that the amount of sun a coleus gets changes the color dramatically. Defiance is yellow and burgundy in ful lsun and will have the green on the lower parts of a large plant that puts that area of the plant in full shade. Alabama is deeper and brighter in sun and in shade it is very dark in color. I have also noticed that Defiance also needs much more water than Alabama sunset. It wilts from the heat here and needs its roots cooled.
wrong pic this is a cutting raised in shade but not what I wanted to show you. I do not see as well as I used to .. let me try again. See how green the bottom leaves are. If you pick those off you might think it was a different plant. I will post my shade Alabama sunset that is totally in the shade and one in partial shade.
I think this is pretty good to show partial shade. One hour of morning sun, and dappled in the late afternoon. I have a full shade Alabama sunset but I do not seem to have a good file pic of it. I will take one tomorrow, I do not have my camera today it is on loan. Are we having fun yet. I love the pots show your favorite pot too. ok shirleyt edited to say these are cuttings from the large deck plants.
Solar Shadow has exceptionally strong stems so that's the one I'd be tempted to use. It does have very large leaves though and I think smaller leaves are supposed to be more desirable. Wimpy stems just aren't suitable.
Hey Juanita, good to see you. PP is not doing well. He needs lots of care, and lots of prayers. He is on hospice now. Makes life a little easier. I always know I have a back up as close as my phone. Meds are always delivered on time and Nurse visits twice a wk. More if I ask. I can have a Doctor come out when there is a big problem. take care Shirleyt
Shirley & Juanita & all others,
some of us oldtimers are still here ... at least now and then :-))
Juanita: vaccation? where? Good for you!
Shirley, I don't know who PP is, but I hope everything will turn out well for him and also for you.
I've just finished potting 770 coleus for overwintering, I was surprised how many different I had. It took me 3 days to pot them, 2 different plants in each small square pot. I had a great time!
Collecting coleus is a fun hobby to have, and a crazy one! Especially when I live in almost Arctic-climate, tropical plants are the stupidest things to collect, but this fact never stopped me. Well, as long as it's great fun - I will continue. This hobby still gives me energy and puts me in good mood.
And coming to think, it is very easy to get rid of this hobby! just skip the watering for a week or so - and voilą, - no hobby anymore!!! (but I wouldn't do that...love them all too much :-))))
Hi Alice and everyone. PP is my husband. He is known as Paw Paw to all the students at school where two of my children teach . He is now PP to everybody. He is very ill. I care for him 24/7. I refuse to let anyone else do it and that is the way he wants it too. We will celebrate our 50th anniversary Feb 6. He is sleeping a lot these days which has me very worried. Pray for us. shirleyt
how awful to hear that your husband is sick and that you are worried. I have now said a long prayer for you both.
I wish you the best. I really hope your coleus can lighten and brighten your mind during these hard times. Mine do, whenever I'm down or in sad mood I go and nurse my coleus. It helps me cope and fight the sadness.
Shirley I am sorry to hear your dear husband is ill, I wish all the best for you, no matter what gods plan is we are here for you...If you need anything please do NOT hesitate to ask, some of us have been there before
with all the love in my heart
Shirley, I am so sorry to hear about PP. There must be a story about paw paw. We just lost a wonderful neighbor. They were married 45 years and high in the Rose Society. They both won honors at the last show. She is devastated. Four weeks ago he was fine and yesterday he is in heaven. Acute Blood Cancer. Died from an abscess in his gallbladder. Could not operate on him because of such low white blood count. Hug your better half and tell them how much you love them. Shirley, tell PP I am sending all my angels his way. Bev is fine and does not need them, D is just about there and when she no longer needs them, they are on the way. Stand aside and let them in your heart and surrounding PP. God Bless, Sharon, Mother Winter, Las Vegas. .
Thanks for your prayers and thoughts. We believe prayers have kept him with us for the last two years. The Doctors thought he would not come out of the hospital in January of 2006. He does not have much energy and has pain because his heart is working on just 15 percent. He is still sharp as ever. Still cruises the internet and enjoys his games. LSU Saints and Braves, and of course we follow Favre wherever he happens to land for the year. lol He will be 80 on Nov 21. We still have our big family dinners most Sundays. The grandkids leave their college fun to visit most weekends. Of course some times the games are just to big to miss. The best story I can share is this saying of his... "Been there...Done that" still quoting " I am old enough to go anywhere I want, Say anything I want, Do anything I want" And if its a problem for anyone the problem is theirs not mine" Does that paint a pretty picture for you. I have spoiled him rotten and he really believes it is true. We just go along with him always. Always have always will. He is may "not always be right but he is never wrong" Funny thing is he is rarely proven wrong about anything . If he says it , it is a fact or he wouldn't give you that answer to your question. I know TMI forgive an old MM... edited to say we lost him on 10-17-09 after numerous heart attacks both large and small. He passed in his sleep at 5:20 in the morning. He will be missed by many. He was truly my ROCK.
oh now that is cute! I never thought of that...will they hold all winter in there or do you have to pot them up and stuff, I'm trying to find creative ways to hold mine over that require less dirt if ya know what I mean, around here they start pulling that stuff off the shelves and they don't restock until Late February early March...sucks for us plant addicts!
Great idea. I am going to finish my cutting this week and then I will make big beautiful bouquets. They will have to be for Thanksgiving because they will not make it until Christmas. I appreciate all of you and your knowledge. I am soaking it up but still confused. BUT, I can come back at anytime and restudy. LOL.
skwinter they'll take root in the cups or dishes or whatever and just keep growing if you let them! and growing and making more and you'll take cuttings and make more and next thing you know ya got a darned plant addiction like me but you can't stop, and at least it's an addiction that is good for the environment...LOL
LOL!! Janet I remember when you did that with the cuttings. I never thought to tell you about the peroxide until it was too late. Another thing that helps too ladies is to remove the foliage that will be in the water. That's what rots and gets smelly.
They are the best Chris. I had a couple of bulbs get broken in shipping. They sent them a second time and they got broken again. So I just asked them to credit me and I bought them locally. No problems. One of the best companies I work with.
I got cutting from pirl and got some for paid postage. They were doing great. Pirl's are still in the holding garden outside but the ones I paid postage for are in the garage. Well today we were 91 degrees. I have a low fan going, have watered them twice but I will probably have to move them into my laundry room tomorrow until it cools down. I just cleaned up my laundry room. My DH calls it my mud room. I do a whole bunch of gardening there. Oh well, I can clean it up again. It is always cold on Halloween, in mid 60s so I think I can handle them being in the laundry room until then. It is amazing how sick they can look and then they raise their beautiful stems and start putting on leaves. I have very mature coleus plants to make cutting of if anyone still needs cuttings. I will list varieties if anyone is interested tomorrow. Having a new baby boy grandson in about two weeks so with that and gardening, all my time is taken up. Also next week I am a volunteer at the AARP convention in Las Vegas. I am the Usher to Dance Dance and the next day, Saturday, Information Booth. Do not ask me why I volunteered. Sounded good at the time???? When you come to Las Vegas for a convention, do you really go to the meetings???? LOL.
here is a pic taken in early June, before the coleus pots (to the right) were emptied and their coleus planted in beds. For some reason - my coleus prefer to stay in their pots (they grow much quicker then).
As soon as I plant them in the beds they stop growing or grow very slowly. Next year I'll probably make an experiment ... I will place the coleus-filled pots on top of the beds instead of planting each coleus in the bed soil :-)))
Those are beautiful. I am still bringing in cutting but I think tomorrow will be the last day. Big cold front coming down with the jet stream from way up north. Yesterday we were 85 and today we will probably hit 75 with wind and tomorrow we are suppose to get a major dip in temperature late in the evening. I am dancing as fast as I can but have two many partners.
I have a question. Living in Kentucky can I leave coleus out all winter or do I have to bring them in. I'm planning a part shade to full shade garden but do not have the energy to dig up and bring everything in for the winter. I'm told we get little snow here, but alot of rain.
goldfinch4, I guess thats what I'll have to do. With a shade garden that is about 20ft by 40ft, I just can't dig everything up every winter and replant in the spring. In Bakersfield, CA we had some freezes and I covered my garden with loose straw and saved all my tender plants. I'm going to try this here next winter. Mary
Mary your coleus will freeze in your zone. I don't think covering them up will help. We are in a zone one warmer than you and mine bit the dust when it got into the high 30's. We haven't had a true frost yet, but they are gone. Just ake cuttings to bring inside.
Thanks Juanita, I'll take cuttings before winter hit and keep them in the house for the winter. Of course, this is plans for next winter as my new yard is still to be plowed so I can start a garden. Arrived in KY to late to start anything this year. For now just collecting seeds for the spring planting. Acton Landscaping will be out after the middle of Nov to plow the yard and kill off the weeds. Mary
Julie, very pretty selection. Hope your cuttings do well for you.
Alice, I love your silver pots. Where did you get them? I've noticed coleus do better in pots for me too. I haven't tried them in the ground for awhile now, but may try them in a square bed that usually is filled with zinnias. I've saved a lot of cutting of the Lancelot Mocha Velvet and Rustic Orange and am hoping it will be enough to fill the bed. May also add some lantana or zinnias. It is fun thinking ahead to next year.
I am taking cuttings from Lancelot mocha.
Its a slow grower compared to some other cole's I have that have given me 4 plants for every Lance Mocha.
Your combos sound nice
This is Last summer Lancelot Mocha with,Electric Lime and Lantana
This past season I raised the beds where I planted the coleus. My beds are made by very large boulders configured into the front landscape so it is easier to raise the soil area and fill with great compost. When I raised the level of soil and gave them more root space, they were double from what they were the year before. Weather has moved in a day early. I have just one more bed to take cuttings from to get in the garden garage area. We were 83 yesterday. Today 65 with high winds. Still inside trying to get my mind set to go out in the cold. You must understand, in the southwest, if it is below 80 we think it is very cold. Our blood is very thin so we feel the cold more. Have a great day.
Hello everyone ... well this season was threatened to come to a quick stop yesterday. We just missed the storm. I did nothing to prep. Just was not up to moving plants. Looks like they will be good for at least another week according to weather reports. I hate to think of the morning they all bite the dust. Here is the pic I like best of all I took this season. It was taken a couple weeks ago. I am catching up on the forums . Alice I loved your planters. pirl I would like to see an infinity pic of your wonderful gardens. shirleyt
We are just about in the same boat. 75 degrees today and 58 high on Sunday. But that is not the bad news. The bad news is high winds on Thursday. In Nevada that means up to 40mph. I guess I had better get my winter to-do-list started.
I gathered my Coleus midsummer for a group picture and had them pose. They all did very well and got very big. I had a kaliedescope of color all summer and took lots of cuttings and now enjoy them all over the house.
Hello everyone. I have been away on a short trying to recover trip. We went two hours away to Dauphin Island off the Alabama coast. It is close to home and really great. On our way out we visited Belligranth Gardens, for a four hour walk around. I wanted to show you the display of coleus and the magnificent way they were used. If you want to see the tour of the gardens let me know and I can post more general garden pics for you. I hope everyone is doing well. Shirleyt
These were placed at the entry of the cafe and gift shop where we lunched on this beautiful patio. Everyone else was inside and we had it to ourselves which of course is the way we love it. We really enjoyed it.shirleyt
WOW Shirley that is awesome!! We have talked about going to Dauphin Island for awhile now, but I find those long driving trips are almost too much for me. Glad you got a chance to relax and recover a bit. I know it will be a long haul. I'm so glad you have your family around you. Thinking of you alot. Take care.
thank you warmly for all the nice photos of so many wonderful coleus.
This is a place I want to travel to in the future...just have to convince my DH about taking this trip. He always asks: "Are there many coleus there?" when I suggest a holiday destination. He knows the answer YES means it will take him hours and hours to just walk alongside coleus beds with me.